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Archive for the ‘Retro’ Category

Driftwood Charlie’s Contribution To The World

Monday, 18 February 2019

In 1947 the doctors said that Charles Kasling had only a short time to live unless he moved to a hot, dry climate. First he moved to the Death Valley area, and in 1960 he left for Yuma, Arizona, where Driftwood Charley’s World of Lost Art was created.”

Social Security records indicate Charles Kasling was born July 10, 1901 and passed away in March of 1985, a testament to desert living.

Unfortunately most of his artwork has been destroyed by vandalism and the elements.

[Postcard image found here. More about Driftwood Charlie here and here.]

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Saturday Matinee – Gene Chandler, Earth Angels & Samantha Fish with John Long

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Gene Chandler was still doing retro doo-wop in the early ’60s. Then there’s these guys whose cover was kinda embarrassing, but good at the same time.

Yeah, that stuff is stuff, but this stuff is better.

Sam Fish cranks it, and that hoser on her right [Jonathan Long] could barely keep up. Love it.

Have a great weekend, folks. See you back here tomorrow for more fun.

The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Hot Links

Sunday, 10 February 2019

Ziggy.

Timbuk3.

On “White Privilege.”

On “Democratic Socialism.”

My cat is pregnant and she’s very upset.”

I’ve got to go to work at 5AM.

Wanna know how to win the Lottery? Pay attention.

Wanna know how to win a game show? Pay attention.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Zoo will name a cockroach after your ex, then feed it to a meerkat on camera. (h/t Kat)

They had feathers, were about the size of a turkey, didn’t live in the Jurassic Period and were about as intelligent as a board with a nail in it. The Truth About Velociraptors.

These Velocipedes were large and fast, but they were not predators.

[Top image: Those hipster shades are pre-1844.

These prescription sunglasses and carrying case were owned by Hyrum Smith, brother of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Image found here, caption here.]

Costumes Bretons: What the Brits wore

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

She was only 10 years old when that photo was taken, 13 when it was hand-tinted. She was a professional postcard model known as Mary,  Jane, or Semolina. Not sure of any of this, but the pic is cool.

[Found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Stan Coster, Slim Dusty & Ali Mills

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Stan Coster sings “The Wobbly Boot.”

Slim Dusty sings “The Three Rivers Hotel.”

Ali Mills sings Waltjim Bat Matilda (better known as Waltzing Matilda, written by her great uncle Val McGuinness).

[All vids courtesy Digger Phil.]

Et Tu, Ar-Too?

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

[Found here.]

Saturday Matinee – Vulfpeck, Lettuce Funk & Curtis Mayfield

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Vulfpeck has a cool funk/jazz groove, reminds me of Weather Report, except these guys make ridiculous “I’m About To Pop A Nut” faces while they jam.

Lettuce [aka Lettuce Funk] combines retro funk with retro future funk, and it works.

Jump to 5:08 for the Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie / Led Zeppelin funk mashup. (I hear some of Zappa’s “I Am The Slime” in there, too.) Lettuce even had the cojones to cover Curtis Mayfield, and they did him right.

Poor video quality, but the audio is good. Here’s Curtis Mayfield’s original “Move On Up” (with German subtitles).

Have a great weekend, folks, and Move On Up wit yo bad sef. See you back here tomorrow.

Mr. Otto’s Dicycle ca. 1880

Monday, 21 January 2019

No idea how this works, how to steer, how to brake, but it was touted as a safety bicycle for people unable to handle a penny farthing. I’m guessing that if you came to a quick stop, you’d be either thrown face-first onto the pavement, or you’d rock back and forth until your lunch suddenly appeared on your lap. Once you started pedaling, the same rocking thing would happen again with the same result, only messier.

I want one.

[Found here, via here.]

Cheep Ale.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

[Found here.]

1960 Pontiac Sled

Monday, 14 January 2019

This wide ride fit in very few parking spaces, and on the road the margin of error was slim. That’s why you see so few of them anymore. Looks like the snow pack is up to the railing at this resort, so the snowbunny on the left must be about 9-feet tall, too.

[Found here. Related post here. More in our new Automotive Section.]


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